Saturday, August 10, 2013

This Date In Rock Music History: August 11

1956:  Elvis Presley released the top double-sided hit of the Rock Era--"Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog".
1957:  Jerry Lee Lewis performed "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On" on the television show The Big Beat.
1958:  "Patricia" by Perez Prado was #1 on the R&B chart.
1958:  In Billboard's second chart, Ricky Nelson remained at #1 ("Poor Little Fool") but Domenico Modugno rose from 54 to 2 with "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)".

1962:  "Green Onions" became the first hit for Booker T. & the MG's on this date.
1962:  An all-female singing group debuted on the chart with their first single on this date--The Supremes with "Your Heart Belongs to Me".
1962:  Neil Sedaka enjoyed his first #1 song with "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do".  He would have to wait 13 years for another one.
1963:  The Rolling Stones, Long John Baldry and Muddy Waters performed at the third annual National Jazz and Blues Festival in Richmond, Surrey, England.  The Stones were paid all of £30.

1963:  The Kingston Trio were the mystery guests on the television show What's My Line?
1964:  The Beatles began recording their album Beatles For Sale at EMI Studios in London.
1965:  Sonny Bono performed "Laugh at Me" on the television show Shindig.
1965:  The Beatles' movie Help! debuted in New York City.
1966:  The Beatles arrived at O'Hare Airport in Chicago for their final tour of the United States.
1967:  Cream, Donovan, Pink Floyd, the Small Faces, the Move, Marmalade, John Mayall, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, Zoot Money, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Paul Jones and Amen Corner appeared at the U.K. reading Festival.
1968:  The Beatles announced the formation of Apple Records.
1969:  Diana Ross invited 350 friends to a club in Beverly Hills, California to see a brand new act called the Jackson 5.

1969:  Three Dog Night released the single "Easy To Be Hard".  
1972:  Elvis and Priscilla Presley filed for divorce.
1972:  The mayor of San Antonio, Texas declared it Cheech & Chong Day.
1973:  Bill Aucion offered to become the manager of Kiss after seeing them play at a New York City hotel.

1973: Elton John was up big (74-34) with "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting".

                               Charlie Daniels and "Uneasy Rider"

1973:  Maureen McGovern enjoyed a fast climb up the charts (20-9-1) and she remained at #1 with "The Morning After".  Wings closed to #2 with "Live and Let Die" while the Stories were up from 8-3 with "Brother Louie".  Diana Ross was at position #4 with her second big hit "Touch Me in the Morning" and Jim Croce's former #1 "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" was at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Deep Purple with "Smoke on the Water", Marvin Gaye was up from 17-7 with "Let's Get It On", the Carpenters were on the way down with "Yesterday Once More", Charlie Daniels came in ninth with "Uneasy Rider" and Bobby "Boris" Pickett entered the Top 10 with "Monster Mash".

1975:  John Denver's double-sided hit "Calypso"/"I'm Sorry" was released as a single.
1976:  Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, collapsed and was hospitalized in Miami, Florida.
1979:  Led Zeppelin played their final concert in the U.K. at Knebworth Park, England.
1979:  Chic owned the top R&B song for the third week with "Good Times".

1979:  ELO had a huge hit on their hands as "Don't Bring Me Down" motored up from #41 to #18.

1980:  Queen released the single "Another One Bites the Dust".
1982:  The Police performed at McGill Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1982:  Donna Summer and husband Buce Sudano celebrated the birth of daughter Amada Grace Sudano.
1984:  Lionel Richie had his second #1 on the AC chart with his great album Can't Slow Down as "Stuck On You" was #1 for a second week.

1984:  Ray Parker, Jr. had his biggest career hit as "Ghostbusters" reached #1.  That ended Prince's hold on the top spot with his great song "When Doves Cry".
1984:  Purple Rain was in its fifth week of release with two at #1.  Sports by Huey Lewis & the News was now moving up after 45 weeks while Born in the U.S.A. fell to #3 after 8 weeks.  The Jacksons had #4 with Victory and the Cars were back with another great album--Heartbeat City.  The rest of the Top 10:  Lionel Richie was still hanging around with Can't Slow Down after 40 weeks, Ratt couldn't climb with Out of the Cellar, the Soundtrack to "Ghostbusters", Tina Turner had a Top 10 album with Private Dancer and Billy Idol closed out the group with Rebel Yell.
1984:  Prince made it seven weeks in a row with one of the top R&B songs of the 1980's--"Purple Rain".
1985:  Simon LeBon of Duran Duran had a scare after his yacht capsized off of the English coast during a race.  The Royal Navy rescued him after LeBon was trapped for 40 minutes under the hull in an underwater air pocket.

1986:  Genesis released the single "Throwing It All Away".

1986:  Anita Baker released the single "Sweet Love".
1986:  The first four albums by the Monkees amazingly re-entered the Top 200 albums chart.

1990:  Mariah Cary reached #1 on the R&B chart with her first single "Vision of Love".
1992:  Ray Charles sang "America the Beautiful" at the opening of the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1995:  The funeral of Jerry Garcia was held in Velvedere, California.
1996:  Mel Taylor, famous drummer of the Ventures ("Hawai'i Five-O" and "Walk Don't Run", died of lung cancer at the age of 62.

1997:  The Spice Girls released the single "2 Become 1".
1999:  Kiss received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
2003:  Kelly Rowland and Nelly had the #1 song with "Dilemma".
2003:  S.W.A.T. starring LL Cool J was the #1 movie of the week.

2005:  The Eagles performed at Harrah's Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
2005:  Was there anything to challenge it?  "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey was #1 for an 11th week with not one song worthy of taking over #1.

Born This Day:
1942:  Michael Hugg, drummer and a founding member of Manfred Mann, was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England.
1942:  Guy Villari 
of the Regents was born in The Bronx, New York.

1943:  Kenny Gamble, who wrote so many great hists with Leon Huff, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1943:  Denny Payton, saxophone player of the Dave Clark Five, was born in Walthamstow, London, England.
1943:  Jim Kale, bass guitarist of the Guess Who, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1947:  Jeff Hanna, singer, songwriter and guitarist of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was born in Detroit, Michigan.

1949:  Eric Carmen of the Raspberries and a great solo star, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1950:  Bonnie Pointer, a member of the Pointer Sisters and a solo performer ("Heaven Must Have Sent You" from 1979), was born in Oakland, California.
1952:  Erik Braunn, guitarist of Iron Butterfly, was born in Pekin
, Illinois; died July 25, 2003.

1954:  Joe Jackson was born in Burton-upon-Trent, England.
1954:  Bryan Bassett, guitarist of Foghat, Molly Hatchet and Wild Cherry, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1957:  Richie Ramone (Richie Beau), drummer of the Ramones, was born in Passaic, New Jersey.
1959:  Suzanne Vega ("Luka
") was born in Santa Monica, California.
1959:  Alan Frew, lead singer of Glass Tiger, was born in Coatbridge, Scotland.

1959:  Richie Sambora, ace guitarist of Bon Jovi, was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
1965:  Scott Shriner, bass guitarist of Weezer, was born in Toledo, Ohio .
1968:  Charlie Sexton, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Bob Dylan's backing band, a session musician for Don Henley and others and a solo performer ("Beats So Lonely"), was born in San Antonio, Texas.
1970:  Andy Bell, who joined Oasis in 1999

1975:  Lil' Kim (Stephanie Denise Jones) was born in New York City.
1976:  Ben Gibbard, singer for Death Cab for Cutie, was born in Bremerton, Washington.
1978:  Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross was born in Atlanta, Georgia; died May 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia from drugs.

Featured Unknown/Underrated Song of the Rock Era: "The Dream Is Still Alive" by Wilson Phillips

This trio of sisters with great musical genes exploded onto the scene in 1990 with four Top 5 songs.  The fifth single from their debut album, which oddly was one of their best, only reached #12.  Since radio failed to place it in the Top 10, it makes The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era* club!

"The Dream Is Still Alive
Wilson Phillips
Lyrics by Glenn Ballard, Music by Wilson Phillips
Not so long ago we were so in phase
You and I could never forget the days
But then the fire seemed to flicker
Cold wind came and it carried us away
But we'll get back someday, baby

The dream is still alive
Look here in my eyes
Can you see what I'm feeling?
The dream is still alive
The one of you and I
And my heartache is healing
I couldn't let it die
No I knew it would survive
The dream is still alive

Not so long ago in a purple haze
People dreamed out loud they were not afraid
They stopped the war but not the dying
Some got a little bit lost along the way
But somehow we're here today
And we say

The dream is still alive
After all this time
The flame keeps on burning
The dream is still alive
The one of you and I
And my heartache is healing
I couldn't let it die
No I knew it would survive
The dream is, the dream is still alive

Oh yeah..

The dream is still alive
Look here in my eyes
Can you see what I'm feeling
The dream is still alive
The one of you and I
And my heartache is healing
I couldn't let it die
For all the times we tried
The dream is still alive 
Who had more hits--Three Dog Night or Journey?

Three Dog Night was one of the biggest acts of the late 60's and 70's, while Journey was red-hot in the late 70's and 80's.  Which supergroup had more hits (defined as making the Hot 100 for the week)? (Answer after the break)...

Eydie Gorme Passes On At Age 84

Eydie Gorme, wife of Steve Lawrence and cousin of Neil Sedaka, who gave us that great song featured above, died at age 84 in Las Vegas.  

Friday, August 9, 2013

This Date In Rock Music History: August 10

1954:  Elvis Presley sang his new song "That's All Right (Mama)" at Overton Park in Memphis, Tennessee.

1955:  Chuck Berry released his first single on this date as "Maybelline" was sent to radio stations.

1959:  Brook Benton had the top R&B song with "Thank You Pretty Baby".
1959:  Elvis Presley moved to #1 with his 37th hit, "A Big Hunk O' Love".
1961:  14-year-old Helen Shapiro became the youngest person to reach #1 in the U.K. with "You Don't Know".
1963:  Cliff Richard, the Searchers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes and the Shadows were on the 100th edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars on BBC-TV.
1963:  The Rolling Stones, Acker Bilk and Long John Baldry were all at the Richmond Jazz Festival in Richmond, England.  Sounds like they couldn't find enough jazz artists to perform.

1963:  Peter, Paul & Mary were at #1 for a second week with "Blowin' in the Wind".

1964:  Another Motown act released their first single on this date--the Four Tops sent "Baby, I Need Your Loving" to radio stations.
1967:  Paul Revere & the Raiders from Boise, Idaho performed before the largest crowd in Illinois State Fair history (27,000).
1968:  The Dells rose to #1 on the R&B chart with "Stay in My Corner".


1968:  The annual National Jazz & Blues Festival had some snags after being held the previous two years in Windsor--among them, the Windsor Borough Council refused to grant a dancing license.  Finally, the Festival was moved to the  Kempton Park Race Course in Sunbury-On-Thames, England, and it was an amazing event.  Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, T. Rex, Ten Years After, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and the Nice performed on the second day.
1968:  Tom Jones rose to the top of the U.K. album chart with Delilah.

1968:  "This Guy's in Love with You" by Herb Alpert remained #1 for a 10th week on the Easy Listening chart.

1970:  This guy had struggled for years writing songs for other artists.  He decided it was time to break free and put out his own music.  On this date, Elton John released his first single--"Border Song".
1970:  The trial of Jim Morrison of the Doors for indecent exposure onstage began in Miami, Florida.

1970:  Elvis Presley began performing at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1970:  Simon & Garfunkel dominated the U.K. album chart with Bridge Over Troubled Water.  The Beatles were at #2 with Let It Be while Bob Dylan had the #3 album Self Portrait.
1974:  Bob Dylan re-signed with Columbia Records after being in the Elektra tent for a couple of LP's.

1974:  Roberta Flack topped the Easy Listening chart with "Feel Like Makin' Love".

                              Saluting Blue Magic's Top 10 hit

1974:  Roberta Flack moved to #1 with "Feel Like Makin' Love, holding off Paper Lace and "The Night Chicago Died" for the moment.  John Denver's #1 "Annie's Song" was at #3 followed by Elton John with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".  The rest of the Top 10:  Dave Loggins with "Please Come to Boston", Chicago's "Call on Me", ABBA's first hit "Waterloo" entering the Top 10, Blue Magic with "Sideshow", Jim Stafford and "Wildwood Weed" and Rufus moving from 19 to 10 with "Tell Me Something Good".

1974:  John Denver took over from Elton John's Caribou with Back Home Again, the new #1 album.  Bob Dylan & the Band had Before the Flood, 461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton was #4 and Loggins & Messina had #5 with On Stage.  The rest of the Top 10:  Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, Journey to the Center of the Earth by Rick Wakeman, Tres Hombres by ZZ Top, Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic at #9 and Paul McCartney & Wings were at #10 after 34 weeks with Band on the Run.
1975:  Manhattan Transfer got their own summer variety show which debuted on CBS-TV.

1976:  Elton John sold out 10 concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City and opened the first show on this date.  He grossed $1.25 million to break the previous record at the venue.
1979:  Michael Jackson released the album Off the Wall.

1981:  A great singer with a lot of promise released his first record on this date.  James Ingram released the single "Just Once".
1982:  Frank Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa performed "Valley Girl" on Late Night with David Letterman.
1982:  Queen performed at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1983:  Kajagoogoo ("Too Shy" from 1983) fired lead singer Limahl, who began a solo career.
1985:  Like a Virgin by Madonna became the first album by a female artist to reach five million in sales.
1985:  Michael Jackson took the advice of Paul McCartney and invested in the ATV catalog which contained 251 songs written by McCartney and John Lennon.
1985:  Paul Young led the way on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Everytime You Go Away".

1985:  After 38 weeks, Reckless by Bryan Adams reached #1 on the album chart.  Tears for Fears were second with Songs from the Big Chair and Phil Collins held fast at #3 with No Jacket Required.  Sting had #4--The Dream of the Blue Turtles while Bruce Springsteen was #5 with Born in the U.S.A.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Power Station with their debut, Motley Crue with Theatre of Pain at #7, Prince & the Revolution had #8 with Around the World in a Day, Ratt was stuck at 9 with Invasion of Your Privacy and Dire Straits entered the Top 10 with Brothers in Arms.
1987:  Wilson Pickett was found guilty of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life.
1992:  Def Leppard began an extensive tour at Madison Square Garden.
1993:  The Dave Matthews Band played at The Flood Zone in Richmond, Virginia.  Two of the songs at the performance were included on the album Remember Two Things.
1994:  The Eagles were at the Great Woods Amphitheatre in Boston, Massachusetts.

1995:  Van Halen appeared on Late Night with David Letterman.
1995:  Jimmy Buffet was the musical act for United States President Bill Clinton's birthday celebration at the White House.
1999:  Oasis announced that rhythm guitarist Paul Arthurs was leaving the group.
2004:  Esquire Magazine named Andre 3000 of OutKast the Best Dressed Man.
2006:  Barbara George "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)" from 1961) died of a lung infection at the age of 63.
2004:  Rick Fox of the Los Angeles Lakers filed for divorce from Vanessa Williams.
2008:  Isaac Hayes, singer-songwriter most noted for the #1 song "Theme From 'Shaft'" died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 65.

2010:  Olivia Newton-John was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia by the Governor-General  in Canbera.

Born This Day:

1909:  Leo Fender, inventor of that great guitar, was born in Anaheim, California; died March 21, 1991.

1928:  Jimmy Dean ("Big Bad John") was born in Plainview, Texas; died June 13, 2010.
1928:  Eddie Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died September 22, 2010.

1940:  Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; died November 5, 2003.
1940:  "Tunes" Antunes of John Cafferty's Beaver Brown Band
1940:  Daddy Dewdrop (real name Richard Monda), who gave us "Chick-A-Boom" in 1971, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

1943:  Ronnie Spector was born in New York City.
1943:  James Griffin of Bread was born in Cincinnati, Ohio; died of cancer January 11, 2005 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
1945:  Larry Larden of Every Mother's Son

1947:  Arlo Guthrie was born in Coney Island, New York.
1947:  Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1947:  Ronnie Spector, lead singer with the Ronettes, was born in New York City. 
1948:  Patti Austin (The #1 song "Baby, Come to Me" with James Ingram) was born in New York City.
1949:  Andy Cresswell-Davis of the Korgis ("Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime")

1950:  Greg Kihn ("Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song") was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1954:  Neil Tennant, singer/songwriter of the Pet Shop Boys, was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England.
1959:  Mark Price, drummer for All About Eve who also worked with the Cure and Right Said Fred, was born in Bernley, Lancashire, England.
1961:  Jon Fariss, drummer of INXS, was born in Perth, Western Australia.
1962:  Julia Fordham, backing singer for Kim Wilde, was born in Portsmouth, England.
 1968:  Michael Bivins of New Edition and later Bell Biv Devoe was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1980:  Jessica Simpson was born in Abilene, Texas.

Five Best: Natalie Cole

When you're the daughter of a legend, one could have self-placed pressure to live up to their father.  This woman had a very successful career in her own right, piling up 17 hits.  With Honorable Mention to "I Live For Your Love", here are the Five Best from Natalie Cole:
1.  This Will Be
2.  I've Got Love On My Mind
3.  Unforgettable
4.   Miss You Like Crazy
5.  Our Love

In Concert: Elvis Presley & "Heartbreak Hotel"

Elvis gives a standout performance of his first #1 hit: 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

This Date In Rock Music History: August 9

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1958:  Cliff Richard signed a recording contract with EMI Records and also began a four-week residency at Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton-On-Sea, Essex.
1960:  Johnny Horton recorded "North To Alaska".
1963:  The British television show Ready, Set!  Go! debuted on the BBC.
1964:  The Rolling Stones were live at the New Elizabeth Ballroom in Bellevue, Manchester.
1965:  The Silkie recorded their version of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away".  Paul McCartney played guitar, George Harrison played tambourine and John Lennon produced the song.

1967:  Love was contagious.  On this date, Scott McKenzie hit #1 in the U.K. with his great song "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair").

1969:  A new group appeared on the scene.  They first hit the chart on this date with "Questions 67 and 68".  Their name originally was Chicago Transit Authority, but we know them as simply Chicago.
1969:  The great album Blood, Sweat & Tears continued to be #1 on the album chart, followed by the Soundtrack to "Hair", which was in its 53rd week of release.  The Soundtrack to "Romeo & Juliet" was next, followed by This is Tom Jones and A Warm Shade of Ivory by Henry Mancini & His Orchestra.  The rest of the Top 10:  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly, Cream, up 25-7 with the Best of Cream, the self-titled Crosby, Stills & Nash, Johnny Cash At San Quentin entered the Top 10 and the 5th Dimension was at 10 with The Age of Aquarius.

 One of the most important songs ever released--Jackie DeShannon

1969:  "Commotion" by CCR moved from #71 to #34 on this date.

1969:  "In the Year 2525" by Zager and Evans continued to roll along at #1 for a fourth week with "Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James & the Shondells one step away.  The Rolling Stones moved from #8 to #3 with "Honky Tonk Women" .  All three songs are still ranked high in The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*.  Jr. Walker & the All-Stars owned #4--"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" and Neil Diamond moved to #5 with "Sweet Caroline".  The rest of the Top 10:  Kenny Rogers & the First Edition with "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town", Johnny Cash moved from 20-7 with "A Boy Named Sue", Stevie Wonder with "My Cherie Amour", Jackie DeShannon jumped up from 25 to 9 with "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and Andy Kim fell with "Baby, I Love You".
1973:  Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell left the group Wings.
1974:  Bill Chase and three other members of the group Chase ("Get It On" from 1971) died in a plane crash in Jackson, Minnesota.
1975:  Don Kirshner held the first Rock Music Award Show in Santa Monica, California.  The Eagles, Stevie Wonder and Bad Company were among the winners.
1975:  Janis Ian's biting "At Seventeen" was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

              Glen Campbell was headed to the top

1975:  The Bee Gees scored their first #1 song in four years with "Jive Talkin'", hopping over 10 CC's "I'm Not in Love", which had to settle for being a #2 song for three weeks.  Olivia Newton-John was beginning to cross over on a regular basis as "Please Mr. Please" was #3.  The previous #1 from the Eagles ("One of These Nights") was at #4 followed by Elton John's classic "Someone Saved My Life Tonight".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Midnight Blue" by Melissa Manchester followed by four new entries, "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell which moved 14-7, War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?", James Taylor jumped up from 15 to 9 with his remake of the Marvin Gaye hit "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and Mike Post at #10 with "The Rockford Files".

              The Isley Brothers were up to #2

1975:  One of These Nights by the Eagles had only been out seven weeks but three of those were at #1 as the quality was already evident.  The Isley Brothers had the biggest album of their career--The Heat Is On at #2.  The Captain & Tennille were at 3 with Love Will Keep Us Together while Elton John's amazing Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album was at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Cut the Cake by Average White Band, Venus and Mars from Wings, James Taylor placed Gorilla at #7, the Greatest Hits package from Cat Stevens was at #8, Earth, Wind & Fire were in the 22nd week of release with That's the Way of the World and Jefferson Starship was staging one of rock's most incredible comebacks with Red Octopus, which entered the Top 10.
1980:  ABBA had the top song in the U.K. with "The Winner Takes It All".
1980:  AC/DC hit #1 in the U.K. with the album Back in Black.

1980:  The Rolling Stones remained at #1 for the third week with Emotional Rescue.  Jackson Browne's great album Hold Out moved to #2 while Billy Joel remained at 3 with Glass Houses.  Those are three great albums.  The Soundtrack to "Urban Cowboy" was at #4 while Queen's The Game was fifth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Diana from Diana Ross, Empty Glass by Pete Townshend, the Soundtrack to "The Empire Strikes Back" was at #8, the debut from Christopher Cross moved from 19 to 9 and another of The Top 100 Albums of All-Time in the Rock Era*--Against the Wind from Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band entered the Top 10.
1980:  Olivia Newton-John had one of her biggest hits as "Magic" was #1 for a third week on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1980:  Diana Ross had one of the hottest up-and-coming songs in the nation as "Upside Down" moved from 49 to 10.
1985:  "The Motown Review", hosted by Smokey Robinson, premiered on television.
1986:  The classic lineup of Queen appeared in concert for the final time at Knebworth Park in England.
1986:  Peter Cetera from Sun Valley, Idaho remained at #1 for the third week on the AC chart with "Glory of Love".
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1991:  The great group the 5th Dimension earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1995:  Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead died of a heart attack in Forest Knolls, California at the age of 53.
1996:  The Ramones broke up.


         Matchbox 20 entered the Top 10

1997:  No Way Out debuted at #1 by Puff Daddy & the Family.  The Soundtrack to "Men in Black" had to fall, while Spice by the Spice Girls was #3.  Hanson owned #4--Middle of Nowhere and Sarah McLachlan's fine Surfacing fell to #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Fat of the Land by Prodigy, Supa Dupa Fly from Missy Elliott, Jewel was now moving back up at #8 with Pieces of You in its 76th week, Matchbox entered the Top 10 with their great album Yourself or Someone Like You and the self-titled God's Property was at #10.
1999:  Bob Herbert, manager of the Spice Girls, was killed in a car crash in Windsor, England.
2003:  Hanson began their acoustic tour of the United States.

2003:  The Eagles performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2005:  In Today's edition of "Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music", rapper Beanie Sigel was released from federal prison in Fairton, New Jersey. 
2008:  Bo Diddley was given an honorary doctorate posthumously from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Born This Day:
1939:  Billy Henderson of the Spinners was born in Indianapolis, Indiana; died February 2, 2007.
1946:  Marinus Gerritsen, bassist and keyboardist of Golden Earring, was born in Hague, the Netherlands.
1947:  Barbara Mason ("Yes I'm Ready" from 1965) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1954:  Pete Thomas, elite drummer of Elvis Costello's Attractions, was born in Hillsborough, Sheffield, England.
1954:  Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1955:  Charlie Morgan, drummer and percussionist who worked with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tina Turner, Orleans and Kate Bush, was born in London, England.
1957:  Marc Almond (Peter Mark Sinclair) of Soft Cell was born in Southport, Lancashire, England (now Southport, Merseyside).

1959:  Jim Kerr, founder and singer/songwriter of Simple Minds, was born in Toryglen, Glasgow, Scotland.
1959:  Kurtis Blow was born in Harlem, New York (some sources say The Bronx, some simply say New York City).


1963:  Whitney Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey; died February 11, 2012 when she drowned in her hotel bathtub after taking drugs.
1972:  Arion Salazar, bass guitarist of Third Eye Blind, was born in Oakland, California.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

This Date In Rock Music History: August 8

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1957:  We were introduced to the Fat Man as Fats Domino released his debut album This Is Fats.
1960:  Ferrante & Teicher had one of the fastest-rising songs of the decade as "Theme From The Apartment" moved from #85 to #36.
              Elvis closed in on #1 with "It's Now or Never"

1960:  It did it.  Sixteen-year-old Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" moved to #1 on this date as Brenda Lee took a back seat with "I'm Sorry".  Elvis Presley loomed at #3 with "It's Now or Never" while Roy Orbison remained at 4 with "Only the Lonely".  The rest of the Top 10:  the Hollywood Argyles with "Alley-Oop, the Safaris were stuck at 6 with "Image of a Girl", the Ventures shot up from 18-7 with "Walk--Don't Run", "Tell Laura I Love Her" from Ray Peterson, Hank Locklin tumbled with "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" and Fats Domino moved into the Top 10 with "Walking to New Orleans".
1963:  The Searchers had the #1 U.K. song with "Sweets For My Sweet".
1964:  A new group was out.  Their name was the Animals and they first charted with "The House of the Rising Sun" on this date.
1964:  Bob Dylan released his album Another Side of Bob Dylan.
1964:  The Dave Clark Five moved from 60 to 22 with "Because".
1965:  The Animals, the Spencer Davis Group, and Long John Baldry helped conclude the three-day National Jazz and Blues Festival in Richmond, Surrey, England.

1966:  The Supremes released the single "You Can't Hurry Love".

1966:  Los Bravos released the single "Black Is Black".
1969:  The Beatles filmed the famous "road-crossing" scene for the cover of their upcoming Abbey Road album.  Iain McMillan was the photographer, who took six pictures of the group walking in the crosswalk while balanced on a step-ladder.  The band then recorded overdubs of "Oh!  Darling", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "The "End" for the album.
1969:  This was a great show.  Jethro Tull opened for Led Zeppelin at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernadino, California.

1970:  Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 moved into the #1 slot on the album chart with CCR's great Cosmo's Factory close behind.  The Soundtrack to "Woodstock" was the previous #1, followed by Let It Be from the Beatles and McCartney by Paul McCartney.  The rest of the Top 10:  ABC from the Jackson 5, Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Self Portrait by Bob Dylan, Chicago II moving into the Top 10 and the Who with Live at Leeds
1970:  The Carpenters owned the #1 Easy Listening song for the fourth week with "Close To You".
 Alive & Kicking had one of the great-sounding songs of the summer

1970:  The Carpenters were up to three weeks at #1 with "Close To You".  Bread's "Make It With You" was hanging around at #2 and Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" was third.  Eric Burdon & War moved up to #4 with "Spill the Wine" and Freda Payne had song #5--"Band of Gold".  The rest of the Top 10:  Three Dog Night's former #1 "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" was #6, Alive & Kicking with "Tighter, Tighter" (above), the Jackson 5 had #8 with "The Love You Save", the Temptations with "Ball of Confusion" and the Five Stairsteps rounded out the list with "O-o-h Child".
1972:  The Eagles performed at the Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1975:  Cannonball Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") died of a stroke at the age of 46 in Gary, Indiana.

1976:  Boston released their epic debut album.
1981:  The Pretenders were in concert in Fort Pierce, Florida.
1981:  Long Distance Voyager by the Moody Blues was once again the #1 album for the third week.  Precious Time by Pat Benatar moved to #2 while Street Songs by Rick James was third.  Foreigner moved from 13 to 4 with their album 4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Mistaken Identity from Kim Carnes, Hard Promises at 6 by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Kenny Rogers remained at 7 with Share Your Love, RESP Speedwagon was finally down to #8 after 35 weeks with Hi Infidelity, Styx and Paradise Theater and Air Supply landed at #10 with The One That You Love.

1981:  "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield held on to #1 but Diana Ross & Lionel Richie were gaining fast with "Endless Love", which moved from 14 to 2 on this date.  Joey Scarbury's "Theme from 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It or Not)" was at 3 while Kenny Rogers remained at #4 with "I Don't Need You".
1982:  Mickey Thompson (Jefferson Starship) married Sara Kendrick. 
1986:  David Crosby was released from prison after serving his sentence for drug and weapons possession.
1987:  "The Pleasure Principle", title song from Janet Jackson's album, topped the R&B chart.

                 T'Pau had one hit, but it was a great one

1987:  U2 climbed to #1 and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".  George Michael was up to #2 with "I Want Your Sex" and Bob Seger's former #1 "Shakedown was #3.  T'Pau's "Heart and Soul" was next followed by Suzanne Vega's "Luka" and Gloria Estefan with "Rhythm Is Gonna' Get You".
1988:  If every day was like this, anyone could be a radio station Music Director.  Def Leppard released the single "Love Bites" and UB40 released "Red Red Wine".
1992:  Axl Rose cut a concert by Guns 'N' Roses short in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, because of a sore throat.  Fans weren't too understanding because they rioted. 

1992:  Snap!  topped the U.K. chart with "Rhythm is a Dancer".
1992:  Madonna scored her 26th hit, 23rd Top 10 and 10th #1 song with "Used To Be My Playground".

1992:  TLC had the #1 R&B song with "Baby-Baby-Baby".

1994:  Boyz II Men released the single "I'll Make Love To You".
1998:  The Spice Girls hit #1 for the seventh time in the U.K. with "Viva Forever".
2000:  Oasis kept getting their concerts cut short by their fans.  This time in Portugal, drummer Alan White was hit by a rock.
2000:  The head of security for James Brown was arrested in connection with an Augusta, Georgia fire that destroyed Brown's offices.
2005:  Marc Cohn was shot in the head after a tour bus was stopped in Denver--he miraculously survived.
2005:  In today's "Inmates Run Rap Music" segment, rapper Young Buck and Lloyd Banks were arrested for possessing a handgun and loaded gun.
2006:  Travis Barker of Blink-182 filed for divorce from wife Shanna Moakler.

 Born This Day:
1927:  Andy Warhol, who produced the Velvet Underground; died February 22, 1987 after a gall bladder operation.
1933:  Joe Tex (Joseph Arrington, Jr. whose biggest hit was "I Gotcha'" from 1972) was born in Rogers, Texas.

1938:  Connie Stevens ("Sixteen Reasons" from 1960) and popular actress, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1938:  Don Jacobucci of the Regents
1942:  John "Jay" David, drummer of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1944:  Michael Johnson ("Bluer Than Blue" from 1978) was born in Alamosa, Colorado.
1949:  Keith Carradine, actor and Oscar winner of best song from the movie Nashville ("I'm Easy) was born in San Mateo, California.
1949:  Airrion Love, singer with the Stylistics, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1950:  Andy Fairweather-Low, singer and songwriter with Amen Corner, a solo artist, and session guitar with with Elton John, George Harrison Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Ringo Starr, was born in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales .
1952:  Anton Fig, who was the drummer for Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper, was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
1956:  Ali Score, drummer with of A Flock of Seagulls
1957:  Dennis Drew, keyboardist with 10,000 Maniacs, was born in Jamestown, New York.
1958:  Christopher Foreman, guitarist with Madness

1959:  Rikki Rocket, drummer of Poison, was born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

1961:  The Edge (David Evans), guitarist of U2, was born in County Dublin, Ireland.
1961:  Andy Fletcher, co-founder and synthesizer player of Depeche Mode, was born in Nottingham, England.
1961:  Paul Jackson, bassist with T'Pau ("Heart and Soul" from 1987), was born in Telford, England.
1963:  Joan Osborne ("One of Us") was born in Anchorage, Kentucky.
1967:  Lorraine Pearson of 5 Star was born in Brent, London.
1968:  Ian Moore, guitarist who has appeared with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top, was born in Berkeley, California.
1970:  Beck was born in Los Angeles.
1974:  Brian Harvey, former singer with East 17, was born in Walthamstow, London.    
1976:  Joshua Chasez of *N Sync and producer for the Backstreet Boys, among others, was born in Washington, D.C.
1981:  Bradley Mcintosh of S Club 7 was born in London.